ILX Parenting 5: I'm a big kid now

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Aidan went the balance bike, riding pedal bike at 4, Molly totally prefers the scooter, goes painfully slow on the balance bike and is rapidly reaching the point where she's too big for it (she's 4) so I'm starting to wonder whether she'll want to go down the stabiliser route

vickyp, Thursday, 9 July 2015 09:50 (five years ago) link

my kiddo has had a pretty horrible day, 2-hour each way car journey that he was mostly awake for and fed up. Tetchy all day. Now keeps rolling back to front in bed! First time he's done it and a bit unsettling for me... been turning him back each time but it's weird how he's suddenly doing it.

kinder, Thursday, 9 July 2015 20:59 (five years ago) link

is it time to start a new thread yet? this one's over 5000 posts...

in other news, as much as I love Kraftwerk, I am really sick of listening to Man-Machine twice a day, need to get my son obsessed w some other album

Οὖτις, Thursday, 9 July 2015 21:02 (five years ago) link

Has he gone through a Kings of the Wild Frontier phase yet?

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Thursday, 9 July 2015 21:05 (five years ago) link

ha I should try that. I seriously have no idea why he glommed onto Man-Machine, it feels totally random. He flails his little arms like he's doing the robot when he wants to listen to it.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 9 July 2015 21:17 (five years ago) link

I second the call for a new thread.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Thursday, 9 July 2015 21:54 (five years ago) link


Jeff, Thursday, 9 July 2015 23:39 (five years ago) link

I had a hunch and tried to get my littlest one into Bow Wow Wow one day, but she didn't go for it.

how's life, Thursday, 9 July 2015 23:41 (five years ago) link

I thought Shonen Knife would be a little kid's dream band, was wrong about that

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Friday, 10 July 2015 02:15 (five years ago) link

worked for us, my daughter loves Shonen Knife

Οὖτις, Friday, 10 July 2015 15:48 (five years ago) link

am attempting to wean son off of Man-Machine and onto Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, so far so good

Οὖτις, Friday, 10 July 2015 15:48 (five years ago) link

The first time Stet played Oxygène to F it blew his mind.

Madchen, Friday, 10 July 2015 15:52 (five years ago) link

This one's also popular.

Madchen, Friday, 10 July 2015 15:53 (five years ago) link

So... anybody have any tips on how to ameliorate the total shit show that brushing teeth/putting on clothes has now become? I basically have to put the poor child in a leg lock, then hold her arms down with my forearm to brush her teeth, and putting shirts is clearly torture as she has become screamingly ideologically opposed to clothing in general.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Friday, 10 July 2015 16:09 (five years ago) link

She had another fit this morning about getting dressed so I had to eventually physically restrain her so I could dress her.

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Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 10 July 2015 16:17 (five years ago) link

So no.

Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 10 July 2015 16:17 (five years ago) link

Get her dressed while she's still sleeping.

Jeff, Friday, 10 July 2015 16:18 (five years ago) link

Charts have worked to help us encourage some behavior. A list of things she needs to do (brush teeth, get dressed, etc.) and if she does a good job on all those things for a week or two, she gets a reward. I don't know if this is "good parenting" though because the desired behavior often tapers off once the reward is given and the chart is no longer being updated.

Immediate Follower (NA), Friday, 10 July 2015 16:19 (five years ago) link

Ivy's too young for charts, or reasoning such as, "You can't go to daycare without a shirt on. We are not hillbillies."

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Friday, 10 July 2015 16:25 (five years ago) link

F was totally refusing to have his teeth brushed until I changed up how we did it. Now I take him through to the bathroom and hold him in my arms while we do it at the sink like grown-ups. Now he comes toddling over to me at bedtime doing the "brush teeth" sign and looking excited.

He also went through a phase of hating getting dressed; I think a big part of that is because apparently when teething lying on your back makes it much worse. Trying to keep him upright as much as possible during dressing definitely seemed to help.

stet, Friday, 10 July 2015 16:28 (five years ago) link

Now that you mention it, Ivy does better at teeth brushing when we do it in the bathroom. Although she has screaming shit fits whenever I try to wash her hands and face so I don't know.

from batman to balloon dog (carl agatha), Friday, 10 July 2015 16:35 (five years ago) link

huh dunno Judah loves gettin his teeth brushed. have yet to use actual toothpaste but it's clear he just wants to do what his big sister/parents do which is stand in front of the sink, look in the mirror, etc.

Οὖτις, Friday, 10 July 2015 16:35 (five years ago) link


UYD: Oxys, Percs, Vics, Addys, Rit-Dogs and Xannys (sunny successor), Saturday, 11 July 2015 23:11 (five years ago) link

how do i make it sleep for 3 consecutive hours

an asteroid could hit the planet (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 15 July 2015 00:09 (five years ago) link

Still not entirely sure you do.

Nora did 7:30 to 11:30 last night, then until 1:30, then approx 4am, then 6:45. That's a good night. She's in her own room now.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 15 July 2015 08:23 (five years ago) link

my sympathies.

both my boys have discovered headphones. much hilarity at the broken acapella singalongs. "but the chair is not my son!!"

transparent play for gifs (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 15 July 2015 08:55 (five years ago) link

that's how that song goes, though


I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Wednesday, 15 July 2015 13:13 (five years ago) link

F has done one of those sudden physical and mental leaps that leaves you looking at him going "who has taken my baby and left this broadly similar kid in his place?".

Pro: he seems to be sleeping massively better. Con: I can see the terrible twos brewing.

stet, Wednesday, 15 July 2015 13:16 (five years ago) link

Yesterday when I was FaceTiming with my wife and kids, J started saying "book" and began crying when my wife gave him the wrong one. Meanwhile, D gave the phone a fist bump when I asked him for one. These are astonishing little dudes IMO.

I Am Curious (Dolezal) (DJP), Wednesday, 15 July 2015 13:18 (five years ago) link

Oh man, that's adorable.

outis made a new parenting thread btw. ILX Parenting 6: "Put Some Goddamn Pants On Before You Go Outside!" is a thing I say now

how's life, Wednesday, 15 July 2015 13:26 (five years ago) link

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